Cleanings and Exams
The best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease is to have your teeth cleaned on a regular basis. Professional cleanings performed by a certified hygienist are just as important to your dental health as daily brushing and flossing. Regular examinations help detect and prevent health issues before they become serious. Consistent dental check-ups help catch problems when they are small and easier to treat. Left unattended, small treatable problems become worse and may require more extensive, expensive procedures to repair. Dr. Bliss and your hygienist will evaluate your specific cleaning needs, and make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy for years.
Periodontal disease is a serious condition that occurs when the gum tissues and the bone around teeth become infected, also known as gum disease or periodontitis. This condition is marked by irritated gum tissue due to the presence of the bacteria found in plaque. If left untreated, the gums can separate from the teeth, causing spaces to form between the teeth and the gums along the gumline. Without proper cleanings, the deterioration of gum tissue could lead to tooth loss. Scaling and root planing (also called a deep cleaning) is a common treatment for periodontal disease. This provides a deeper cleaning between the compromised teeth and gums helping to prevent the progression of periodontal disease.
Plaque and food particles can be brushed away from most surfaces of your teeth, but there are grooves in your teeth that often cannot be cleaned through regular brushing and flossing. We can seal these grooves using a tooth-colored resin material and help prevent the development of tooth decay in these areas.
Fluoride treatments help prevent the development of tooth decay, allowing your teeth to be more resistant to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria, and sugars in the mouth. Dr. Bliss and your hygienist will determine if flouride treatment is recommended for you or your childrens’ dental needs.